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  • 2nd April 2009

    West Midlands police launch gay crime survey 3

    West Midlands Police are conducting their third annual LGBT crime survey

    10:43 AM — West Midlands police have set up an online survey to ask LGBT people to contribute their views on their safety and how they feel police respond to hate crimes.

  • Exclusive: Gay couple barred from entering slimming competition 24

    Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner say the slimming company discriminated against them

    10:30 AM — A gay couple who joined Slimming World have been barred from entering the company's annual Mr & Mrs competition. Jean-Paul Ravenk and his partner of 19 years joined the weight loss scheme in November 2007.

  • 1st April 2009

    Policeman jailed over underage gay sex 22

    Mark Brigham was jailed for two and a half years

    3:13 PM — A former PC who was a lesbian and gay liasion officer has been jailed for two and a half years for sexual activity with a 15-year-old boy. Mark Brigham, 38, formerly of the Metropolitan Police, met the 15-year-old at a party in August. The teenager's family had asked Brigham to give him advice as he had just come out.

  • ITV comedy Moving Wallpaper investigated for ‘transphobic’ comments 7

    Moving Wallpaper is being investigated after viewers complained about transphobia

    1:39 PM — Ofcom has received more than 50 complaints about an episode of ITV comedy Moving Wallpaper over alleged transphobia. The complaints focus on an episode aired on 20th March, in which trans character Georgina was mocked by other characters.

  • BBC introduces five-minute ‘gay delay’ to avoid causing offence 26

    The BBC is keen to shake off accusations of homophobia

    9:38 AM — The BBC is to implement a new 'gay delay' system which will prevent presenters from landing in hot water over 'homophobic' jokes. Last week, an Ofcom ruling found Radio 1 DJ Chris Moyles in breach of the Broadcasting Code over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.

  • 31st March 2009

    Man denies raping lesbian student 8

    The student was returning home after a concert

    3:32 PM — A 19-year-old lesbian was raped by a man after a night out, a court heard today. The student, described as "petite", was returning home from a concert in London with her partner and a friend in the early hours of the morning.

  • Home and Away: ‘We didn’t censor lesbian kiss’ 3

    Esther Anderson's character Charlie Buckton will be seen kissing another woman

    2:37 PM — Channel Seven has confirmed that a lesbian kiss scheduled to be aired today has not been censored, despite reports to the contrary. The drama, which is broadcast in the UK on Five has received complaints from Christian groups and seen Australian ratings drop as a result of its lesbian storyline.

  • BNP use Jesus for new ads 79

    BNP councillors stand under the advert

    11:45 AM — The British National Party is using a picture of Jesus in its latest advertising campaign, saying that Christian leaders are 'shunning the word of God' on issues such as sodomy.

  • LGBT discrimination ‘widespread’ throughout EU 13

    The EU report found evidence of 'widespread' discrimination

    10:45 AM — Discrimination, harassment and violence against LGBT people is 'widespread' across the European Union, an EU report has claimed. The report, published today by the Fundamental Rights Agency (FRA), cited issues of hate speech, bullying in schools and discrimination in employment or healthcare for lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.

  • 30th March 2009

    Equality watchdog under pressure as three executives quit 1

    Trevor Phillips is under pressure as three commissioners quit

    9:07 PM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission, chaired by Trevor Phillips, has lost its chief executive and two commissioners in the last week. Nicola Brewer, the chief executive, has left to begin a new job, although her new position has not yet been disclosed.

  • Gay firefighter ‘killed himself after 15 years of bullying at work’ 6

    The man committed suicide several days before he was due to appear at a hearing

    4:36 PM — A man is seeking damages from a fire service after his civil partner killed himself after allegedly suffering 15 years of homophobic bullying and harassment at work. The man, who cannot be named, committed suicide on January 28th, days before his hearing was due to start.

  • Bishop of Rochester to resign 14

    Dr Michael Nazir Ali has announced his intention to retire

    1:19 PM — The Bishop of Rochester, Dr Michael Nazir Ali, has announced his intention to resign from his post to help Christians living in Islamic areas. The bishop, who has been outspoken on the topic of homosexuality, is 59 and was expected to serve until the age of 70.

  • 27th March 2009

    Radio 1 controller warns Chris Moyles to obey broadcasting rules 11

    Chris Moyles has been warned to obey broadcasting rules

    6:20 PM — BBC Radio 1 controller Andy Parfitt today said DJ Chris Moyles must obey broadcasting rules if he is to keep his job. The presenter was judged to have breached Ofcom regulations earlier this week over comments he made about gay singer Will Young.

  • Comment: Let education dissolve gay myths 12

    Schools 'should do more' to educate about LGBT issues

    5:31 PM — Suran Dickson, a London teacher, argues that education is the key to dispelling homophobia and dealing with the hangover of Section 28.

  • ‘High number’ of gay and bisexual domestic violence victims in Northern Ireland 8

    The report suggests domestic violence rates are high among LGB couples in Northern Ireland (Photo: Christina Snyder)

    2:09 PM — The gay and bisexual community in Northern Ireland is suffering from disproportionate rates of domestic violence, an official report has claimed. The paper, published this week by the Northern Ireland Policing Board, concluded that a high percentage of those experiencing domestic violence are gay or bisexual men and women.

  • Comment: I’m not hungry – Gay men and eating disorders 8

    Omar Hassan argues that gay men have a higher rate of eating disorders (Flickr: B Hernandez)

    12:16 PM — Omar Hassan examines eating disorders in the gay community and explores issues such as peer pressure, low self-esteem and how the gay press presents beauty.

  • HIV rates in gay men still at high levels 21

    Rates of new HIV infections in gay men are at their second highest levels

    10:22 AM — Around 7,370 new HIV diagnoses were made in the UK last year, according to latest figures from the Health Protection Agency. Thirty-eight per cent of all new diagnoses were probably acquired through sex with men.

  • 26th March 2009

    MP blames AIDS on ‘promiscuous men’ 28

    Gary Streeter blamed 'promiscuous men' for the spread of AIDS

    11:36 PM — A Tory MP has said the "true case" of HIV/AIDS is "sexually promiscuous" men in developing countries. Speaking during Commons question time on Wednesday, Gary Streeter, the MP for Devon south-west added that there was more to the fight against the disease than access to drugs and condoms.

  • Elton John drops his legal case with the Guardian over spoof diary 5

    Sir Elton John raises millions every year for Charity

    7:13 PM — Gay icon Sir Elton John has dropped his libel claim against the Guardian over a spoof diary that joked he held fundraising events in order to meet celebrities.

  • Man accused of killing ex-boyfriend ‘phoned co-defendant repeatedly before attack’

    Charlie Davis died in June last year

    7:01 PM — A Staines man accused of killing his ex-boyfriend by setting him on fire allegedly bombarded his co-defendant with phone calls in the weeks leading up to the attack, a court has heard.

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